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Gbarpolu CHO Wants Inter-County Movements Curbed
By Calvin Brooks
MONROVIA, September 15 (LINA) -The Gbarpolu County Health Officer, Dr. Anthony Tucker, has called on government to ban the movement of people from one county to another to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the country.
Dr. Tucker said if government curtails the random movement of people from one community, town, city, district and county to another, the spread of the Ebola will tremendously reduce.
Dr. Tucker made the call Sunday at Gbarpolu Citizens Ebola Response Initiative (GERI) Awareness Consultative Meeting organized by Gbarpolu Citizens residing in Monrovia to buttress government’s effort in combating Ebola in the country.
He indicated that so far no confirmed Ebola case has been reported in Gbarpolu County, and pointed out that the possibility for Ebola entering Gbarpolu will be slight if drastic measures are not taken to curtail the random movement people, noting that Gbarpolu Citizens residing in Monrovia should remain in Monrovia until the deadly disease is eradicated.
He noted that the movement of people from where they are residing to other parts of the country is spreading the Ebola virus further and this should be stopped because people are moving with the virus, adding that that the five suspected Ebola cases in Gbarpolu County are people who came from Bomi and Montserrado counties.
Dr. Tucker emphasized that the county needs two ambulances to transport patients as well as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), body bags and other protective gears to fight against Ebola when it enters in Gbarpolu County.
He also stressed the need for a radio station to communicate Ebola prevention messages to the people, noting that since Radio Gbarpolu broke down , no radio station is reaching the county.
The Gbarpolu Citizens Ebola Response Initiative (GERI) awareness consultative meeting which was held at the Botswain High School on Jamaca Road, Bushrod Island brought together more than 150 Gbarpolu citizens residing in Monrovia.
According to the Liberia News Agency, no member of the Gbarpolu Legislative Caucus attended the meeting.